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HP Alumni benefits, transition to Medicare, employee stock, pensions, more...

If leaving or recently left: ASAP Checklist. Practical advice on what to do before losing access to company systems -- and in the following few weeks.

HP Alumni Association. Helping each other with life after HP and HPE. Updates and online forums on topics such as COBRA and retiree health coverage, transition to Medicare, employee stock, 401(k), and pensions. TechTalk. Operated by volunteers. Not officially endorsed or supported.

Join us. If formerly a regular, direct U.S. employee of HP or HPE -- or are in the process of leaving. We welcome others who could benefit from our updates and forums: spouses/partners, those receiving company benefits -- dependents, DEC and EDS retirees -- and heirs with HP-related stock. No charge, thanks to HPAA's Supporting Members. Join at hpalumni.org/join

Comments: info@hpalumni.org  (Updated Feb 13, 2022)


Classification as "retired."  If an employee left at 55 or older with at least 10 years of service, or left after 2010 with age-plus-years-of-service of at least 80, or left under an early retirement program -- HP and HPE generally classify the employee as "retired" -- regardless of how they left and whether or not they have any retiree benefits. This is reported to outside payroll and employment verification services, but doesn't seem to have any negative consequences. Inquiries from state Unemployment Dept. claims examiners go to a specific group in HR, which replies via letter. Over the years, members have reported that HP did not block their UI claims. 

If you are classified by HP as a Retiree, please go to our Retiree Checklist.

Which HP-related companies have me classified as a retiree or former employee? Given HP's history of acquisitions and spinoffs, this may not be obvious. If any doubt, check here: Which Company

Alumni Checklist:

1. There is useful information for all former employees on the official HP retiree website -- HP Retiree Program -- including benefits, discounts, contacts, and change of address.

2. Time to untangle your stock! Depending on when and how you acquired HP or HPE stock, you may now have stock in up to six completely separate HP-related companies in various accounts -- or have missed cash payouts. How many shares of which HP-related companies should I have? How much cash should I have received? hpalumni.org/stock

3. If you are still in the workforce, join the HPAA's networking and job-post groups on LinkedIn.

4. Advice and info on returning to HP, HPE, DXC, or Micro Focus -- including informal and formal restrictions.

5. Update and strengthen your LinkedIn profile. Even if not currently looking, you need a strong, credible profile on LinkedIn. People check you out before working with you. Recruiters run searches for particular skills and background. In addition, LinkedIn helps you reconnect with people who know you and your work.

Check your profile. LinkedIn has been standardizing company names, with odd results. Recruiters view illogical entries -- such as HPE positions before 2015 -- as fake. (HPE changed many decades-old HP positions to display the HPE name and logo.) Watch for typos, like "principle engineer." You may wish to emphasize (or de-emphasize) some of your experience and background.

Tricks and traps: hpalumni.org/LinkedIn

6. Set up an Equifax Work Number employee account now -- before an identity thief uses your readily-available birthdate and SSN to do it. Your information is in the database regardless of whether you have set up an account. An identity thief can gain further information for use impersonating you elsewhere -- for example, to file for a tax refund or to get credit (HELOCs and mortgages have been reported.) How to use Equifax Work Number

HPAA's contact directory for former employees of HP, HPE, and related companies: hpalumni.org/contacts 

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If formerly a regular, direct U.S. employee of HP or HPE -- or are in the process of leaving -- join the HP Alumni Association. No charge, thanks to HPAA's Supporting Members.


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